Leno Beats Out Letterman

March 2, 2010 By:
Leno Beats Out Letterman

In his first night back on the Tonight Show, Jay Leno has beaten out David Letterman.

According to early Nielsen ratings, 6.6 million viewers tuned into the show, which is up about 25 percent from his average viewership in the first quarter last year.

"It's good to be home," he told his audience in his first monologue since last spring. "I'm Jay Leno, your host. At least, for a while." Guests last night were Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, Jamie Foxx, and Kenny Chesney.

Jay also unveiled several new bits such as "How Boring Is Alan Greenspan," "The World's Tightest Pants" and "The Great Desk Search," where the host went door-to-door throughout Burbank, California, alongside surprise guests Adam Carolla and Randy Jackson in search of a new desk for his late-night return.

Over on CBS, David Letterman’s Late Show was watched by 3.8 million, which is average for his program. How long do we think Leno can edge out Letterman? He may just be in the honeymoon stage right now!